History will be made this July 7th, as the Hudson Valley Renegades defy convention and possibly even common sense when they welcome only the "better half" into their ballpark. On this evening, all men will be greeted in their own separate zone outside the gates, with only female fans permitted inside until the game is official at the 5th inning mark . All boys, seven and under, will be allowed entry at any time- the Renegades' homage to Momma's boys everywhere.Sounds innocent enough, right? Just good old minor league baseball fun. Well, not if you are a bureaucrat or a New York lawyer apparently. Sean T. McMann at Renegades Rumblings has the details:
Ladies, venture out to Dutchess Stadium on July 7th for this celebration of femininity and independence, as the Hudson Valley Renegades will honor some of the most powerful and successful women working in baseball. Throwing out the ceremonial first pitch will be New York Yankees Vice President and Assistant General Manager, Jean Afterman, one of the most respected and influential executives in Major League Baseball.
In an attempt to either not break (or at least blur) the gender barrier, all male Renegades employees will be dressed in full female attire. Ex Yankee pitcher, and current Renegades Director of Concessions, Joe Ausanio, has made a living using his arm. After this night, however, the Renegades fear he will be known for his legs. Gades head groundskeeper, Tom "Hubby" Hubmaster, not often known for his svelte physique or runway duds, will fill out a moo-moo better than Roseanne ever could, a sight you simply cannot afford to miss.
The "Ball-Less Baseball" idea was the brainchild of the creative ownership team of the Renegades, the Goldklang Group. The target of this campaign was to create a night out at the ballpark solely for women that would both highlight and celebrate their femininity in a stimulating and entertaining atmosphere.
According to Tyler Tumminia, the Group's Vice President of Marketing and Operations, the focus of the evening will be on spotlighting the achievements of women not only in baseball, but in various aspects of life. "We have recognized the significant buying power that women have wielded within our parks for several years, and have seen the growth of females within our industry skyrocket along the same timeline. We wanted to both thank them for their support and empower them to continue their rapid ascent within our ranks. Plus, it will be nice to control the remote for a night without hearing them whine."
The night will feature liberating activities for women such as the ability of one woman in every section to change the images on the video board in center field with a click of the remotes placed under their seats. In addition, women will be able to receive a full spa treatment while enjoying the simplistic pleasures of watching America's favorite past time.
Don't despair men, we will keep you entertained with our tailgating party outside in the parking lot. The game will also be televised live on big screen televisions for your viewing pleasures.
Our stadium DJ predicts sun with a chance of it "Raining Men." So all you "Single Ladies" come pay some "R E S P E C T" to the great women working in baseball while simultaneously enjoying our Ladies Night entertainment.
In a two-and-a-half page letter just obtained by the Journal, Dutchess County has asked the Renegades to cancel the team's "Ball-Less Baseball" promotion slated for July 7th.Sean reports the Renegades responded to the county as follows:
The letter, dated today, addressed to "Eben Yager, Renegades Manager," and signed by Senior Assistant County Attorney Keith P. Byron, says the promotion, which would keep male spectators outside Dutchess Stadium until midway though Tuesday night's game against the Staten Island Yankees, "likely violates the New York State Human Rights Law and probably violates the guarantee to equal protection under the laws contained in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution." The letter goes on to say "New York State Human Rights Law (Executive Law Section 296) expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in any place of public accommodation. Clearly, your plan to prohibit admittance based on gender runs afoul of this provision."
Renegades team president Jeff Goldklang (seen here) sent the following response to county officials, including Byron: "Thank you for your letter concerning our upcoming promotion designed to honor women which, unfortunately, was forwarded as well to the media. Although you apparently have received inaccurate factual information concerning the promotion, which is reflected in your letter, I do understand your sensitivities. Please be assured that the Renegades will do our best to address those sensitivities in considering additions to the promotion."It's a good thing Jeff Goldklang is the president of the Renegades and not me. His response was much more diplomatic than my two-word response would have been.